Frederick Events

Achievement Night

Achievement Night is our way of recognizing all of the hard work that our 4-H’ers and volunteers do every year! The ceremony is typically held the 2nd Tuesday of April at the Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center, and is hosted by our Frederick County 4-H Royal Ambassadors. The awards given out at Achievement Night include:

  • Outstanding Member Awards
  • Record Book Awards
  • Diamond Clover Awards
  • Volunteer Awards

You will receive an invitation to Achievement Night if you are receiving an award, but everyone is more than welcome to attend to support their fellow 4-H’ers!

Frederick 4-H Achievement Night Group Picture


For information on Frederick County 4-H Camp, please visit our camp page.

Frederick 4-H Camp - 2 Youth Friends

Great Frederick Fair

Held in mid September, 4-H members are invited to enter their 4-H projects and share their 4-H experiences. Registration for the event is through the Great Frederick Fair’s web page and opens early summer.

Great Frederick Fair Logo

Skillathon and Bowl Teams

Starting in January these programs offer a positive opportunity for youth to learn about 4-H projects such as livestock, equine and small animals. Owning animals is not required to learn about the project areas and participate on the county teams at the state competitions.

Frederick 4-H Skillathon Group Picture

Project Workshops

Throughout the year, single day project workshops are offered to provide members with hands-on experiences to learn about a new project of interest. Workshops can range from 1 hour to all day events. Workshops are often planned and led by a group of individuals including 4-H volunteers, members and the 4-H Educators. Upcoming workshops are shared in the 4-H newsletter.

Frederick 4-H Youth - Woodworking Project

Central MD Cluster Events

4-H Presents

4-H Presents is an opportunity for 4-H’ers to practice their public speaking skills

4-H Presents (Talent & Demo Contest) May 7, 2022 (morning) in Frederick

Fashion Revue

Fashion Revue is the perfect opportunity for our seamstresses and 4-H fashionistas to show off their knowledge, skills, and creativity they have used to create their outfits! Model your outfit down our runway and impress our judges! Categories include:

  • Original Garment - any piece/garment that was sewn by you.
  • Ready to Wear - any outfit that you bought

2022 Fashion Revue Contest Information

Contest Date: May 7, 2022
Judging will take place the week of May 2nd 
Location Date: Frederick County (specific location TBA)
Register here:

Public Speaking

One of the most valuable skills youth learn during their time in 4-H is public speaking. Each year, 4-H’ers participate in our Public Speaking Contest where they are able to practice and improve their public speaking skills. The contest location rotates around the Central Cluster each year.

The categories for the Public Speaking Contest are: 

  • Extemporaneous:  Participants will draw 3 topics at the contest and select a favorite from the 3.  Then given an allotted amount of time, a participant will write the speech and practice prior to presenting to judges.  Extemporaneous presenters will draw for their speaking topics upon arrival at their scheduled time. Juniors and Intermediates have 30 minutes of preparation time and seniors will have 15 minutes preparation time. 
  • Interpretations:  Youth memorize an oral presentation of a selected narrative from a published work.  Permitted works include dramatic or humorous plays, books or poetry.  A television script or show or any unpublished source is not acceptable. 
  • Prepared:  Write a speech prior to the contest and bring the day of the contest.  The topic is the participants choice and is presented to judges during the allotted time slot.  Juniors may use a complete script. Note cards containing key word outlines are permitted for intermediates and seniors. 
  • Radio Spot:  Create a 30 second radio commercial prior to the contest.  Present to the judges as if it is being broadcast over the radio.  Musical or sound effect introductions and/or backgrounds may be used.
  • Clovers:  Clovers are welcome to participate in the prepared speech area only, reciting the American or 4-H pledge.

Ribbons will be given in each of the age categories for each county.

This is an excellent opportunity, whether a 4-H’er carries a public speaking project or not, to receive valuable tips and learn how to enhance their public speaking abilities. Champions will have the opportunity to participate in the State 4-H Communications Contest. 

Check out Public Speaking: Making a Great Speech for more information regarding the competition and worksheets to help plan your speech.

2022 Public Speaking Contest Information

Contest Date: March 19, 2022
Location: Downtown Community Room - 15 W Church St. Frederick, MD 21701
Registration Deadline: March 7, 2022
Register here:

Spring 4-H Livestock Show

The Central MD Spring Livestock Show will be held June 11 & 12 at Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

The two day event is open to 4-H’ers in the central MD counties as an opportunity to practice exhibiting their livestock (large and small animals)  and learn what to expect at the fair.  There is no cost to participate. Registration is available through 4HOnline in early April. 

Frederick 4-H Youth With Cattle



Maryland State Events

Maryland Day

Maryland Day takes place the last Saturday of April at the University of Maryland in College Park. Every year, the university hosts tens of thousands of visitors while providing over 450 events that showcase research, education, and fun activities. For more information about Maryland Day, visit UMD Maryland Day

University of MD Terrapin

Maryland 4-H Awards Gala

The 4-H Awards Gala is a state-run award ceremony that recognizes youth from across the state! Usually held at the end of January, the Maryland 4-H Foundation gives out scholarships, awards members who are in level 5 or 6 of the diamond clover project, and recognizes some of 4-H’s most dedicated volunteers. To watch the 2022 Maryland 4-H Awards Gala, click here.

Maryland 4-H Foundation Logo

Maryland State Fair

Held the end of August, 4-H members are invited to enter their 4-H projects and share their 4-H experiences. Registration for the event is through the Maryland State Fair’s webpage and opens early summer. Many annual 4-H competitive events are held in conjunction with the State Fair.

The Maryland State Fair Logo